Jan 17, 2013 7:00pm PST
the nra's constituency. it really may prove to be bigger. and we've seen that boehner will bow to pressure and we saw what the fiscal cliff vote, he let something come to the floor. you know, i don't want to say that it's impossible at this point. it is a very, very steep uphill climb. i don't want to say it is impossible. even if it does lose, you're absolutely right that it's better to have fought the good fight, a. and b, it shows them for what they are and paints them as so much more marginal in the eyes of so many more americans. >> jennifer: i do think people will empower rational gun owners of which the vast majority are and those -- you know, reasonable republicans of which maybe not all in congress but the vast majority are. you mention this issue about john boehner having brought up two bills so far this month. the fiscal cliff and the sandy relief bill without a majority of his majority behind it. if he brought up a vote on this issue, would his speakership be at risk? >> yes. it probably would be. and then, of course, there is a debt ceiling vote. now you hear a lot of republic
Jan 15, 2013 7:00pm PST
that boehner puts it up for a vote. >> my god, imagine if he doesn't, how insensitive to the needs, the crying needs of the innocence of slaughter. >> jennifer: this is your state. i know you feel it deeply. the president said he might use executive orders if congress fails to act. there are some who say in congress in legislative bodies that that is just circumventing congress. there are people who have talked about impeaching the president if he goes around congress. i'm assuming you're okay if the president goes around an obstructionist group. >> i think the following. we can accomplish some things by executive order and there will be some of the items that needing to through a legislative process. my hope is that people who are speaking out now, even before the recommendations are laid out there, we'll take a step back and look at what is in the best interest of american families and america's children. that's what needs to be the guiding principle here as to how we get it done. >> jennifer: you're also debate debating another sandy issue which is hurricane sandy. your includes in the hous
Jan 22, 2013 3:00pm PST
completed an evaluation of that same keystone pipeline. john boehner had this to say about it. he said nebraska's approval of the new keystone xl pipeline route means there is no bureaucratic excuse, hurdle or catch president obama can use to delay this project any further. he and he alone stands in the way of tens of thousands of new jobs and energy security. i mean, that's putting it right on the president. >> here is the reality about the keystone pipeline that comes from canada to the united states to deliver oil. that oil is going to somewhere no matter what. this is becoming an ideological touchstone in washington but it doesn't mean a whole lot. that oil will find its way to china, the united states, to europe, wherever it's needed whether the pipeline comes to the united states or it goes across canada and off the coast of vancouver british columbia. this dc fight has very little meaning in the larger picture. >> michael: but those dc fights change the way we talk about it. >> they do. >> michael: it will be the centerpiece for however long for a moment or months of conversatio
Jan 17, 2013 3:00pm PST
there andage and agitate it may be prove to be bigger than the nra. we had seen it with boehner and he let something come to the floor. i don't want to say that it's impossible at this point. it is a very steep uphill climb but i don't want to say that it's impossible. even if it does lose you're absolutely right that it's better to a fought the good fight, a. and b it shows them for what they are and paints them so much more marginal in the eyes of so many more americans. >> i do think taking the fight to people will empower rational gun owners of which the vast majority are, and those reasonable republicans of which maybe not all in congress, but the vast majority are, you mentioned this issue about john boehner having brought up two bills so far this month the fiscal cliff and the sandy relief bill without the majority of his majority behind it. if he brought up a vote on this issue would his speakership be at risk? >> oh, yes it probably would be. then of course is the debt ceiling vote. you see a lot of americans making noises about backing down from the debt ceiling fight. i know we'